C13, C15, and C18 Engines Troubleshooting – Fuel Temperature Is High

System Operation Description:

Probable causes of high fuel temperature.

 

  • Associated codes
  • Fuel level in the tank
  • Restriction in the fuel lines
  • Fuel cooler (if equipped)
  • Fuel temperature sensor
  • Fuel return pressure regulator
  • Fuel injector

Use this procedure in order to troubleshoot high fuel temperature. Use this procedure if one of the following event codes is active. Refer to Troubleshooting, “Event Codes” for information about event codes. For information on the engine monitoring system, refer to Troubleshooting, “Engine Monitoring System”.

Note: Refer to Troubleshooting, “Cat ET Service Features” for information about service features.

Table 1
Diagnostic Trouble Codes
CDL Code J1939 Code Code Description Comments
E363 (1) 174-15 High Fuel Supply Temperature The fuel temperature is above an acceptable level.
If equipped, the action lamp will illuminate.
The code is logged.
E363 (2) 174-16 High Fuel Supply Temperature The fuel temperature is above an acceptable level.
If equipped, the action lamp will illuminate.
The code is logged.
There may be a decrease in power.
E363 (3) 174-0 High Fuel Supply Temperature The fuel temperature is above an acceptable level.
If equipped, the action lamp will illuminate.
The code is logged.
There may be a decrease in power.
Table 2
Troubleshooting Test Steps Values Results
1. Determine the CodeA. Establish communication between Caterpillar Electronic Technician (ET) and the Electronic Control Module (ECM) . Refer to Troubleshooting, “Electronic Service Tools”, if necessary.

B. Download the “Warranty Report” from the engine ECM before performing any troubleshooting or clearing diagnostic trouble codes. Check for active codes and check for logged codes on Cat ET.

C. Check Cat ET for any associated codes that are listed in Table 3. Troubleshoot any active codes before continuing with this procedure.

Codes Result: An associated code is active or logged.Troubleshoot any active codes before continuing with this procedure.

STOP

Result: An associated code is not active or logged.

Proceed to Test Step 2.

Table 3
Associated Diagnostic Trouble Codes
CDL Code J1939 Code
E198 5580
E1218 94
Table 4
Troubleshooting Test Steps Values Results
2. Check the Fuel Level in the Fuel TankCheck the fuel level in the fuel tank. Fuel level Result: The fuel level is acceptable.Proceed to Test Step 3.

Result: The fuel level is not acceptable.

Fill the tank. Verify that the problem has been resolved.

If the problem has not been resolved, proceed to Test Step 3.


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Fuel supply lines for inspection

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Cooling line from fuel high-pressure pump to injectors


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Fuel return line to be inspected

Table 5
Troubleshooting Test Steps Values Results
3. Inspect the Fuel Supply LinesA. Visually inspect the fuel lines between the priming pump and the inlet to the cylinder head. Also, inspect the fuel cooler (if equipped) for dirt, debris, or damage. Inspect the fuel return line from the head to the fuel tank. Inspect the lines for restrictions, pinching, and swelling. Refer to Systems Operation/Testing and Adjusting, “Fuel System – Inspect” for additional information.

B. Inspect the fuel cooler for dirt, debris, or damage.

Fuel supply lines Result: The fuel lines and the cooler (if equipped) are OK.Proceed to Test Step 4.

Result: The fuel lines and the cooler (if equipped) are not OK.

Replace damaged fuel lines and/or fuel cooler. Remove dirt or debris from fuel cooler fins. Verify that the problem has been resolved.

If the problem has not been resolved, proceed to Test Step 4.


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Fuel cooler


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(1) Fuel temperature sensor

Table 6
Troubleshooting Test Steps Values Results
4. Replace the Temperature SensorA. Replace fuel temperature sensor (1) .

B. Check for active codes or logged codes.

Fuel temperature sensor Result: A E363 code is active or logged.Proceed to Test Step 5.

Result: A E363 code is not active or logged. Return the unit to service.

STOP


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(2) Fuel return pressure regulator

Table 7
Troubleshooting Test Steps Values Results
5. Replace the Fuel Return Pressure Regulator

A. Replace the fuel return pressure regulator (2) . Verify that the problem has been resolved.

Fuel pressure regulator Result: The problem has been resolved. Return the unit to service.

STOP

Result: The problem has not been resolved.

Proceed to Test Step 6.

6. Perform a Fuel System Verification Test

A. Perform a “Fuel System Verification Test” in Cat ET.

Fuel system verification test Result: The “Fuel System Verification Test” was not successful.

Replace the identified injectors. Verify that all trim files are installed into the ECM correctly. Refer to Troubleshooting, “Injector Trim File – Install”. Repeat the “Fuel System Verification Test” after making the necessary repairs. Repeat the process until all the injectors are operating properly.

STOP

Result: The “Fuel System Verification Test” was successful. Return the unit to service..

STOP

Test Step 1.

Complete the procedure in the order in which the steps are listed.

Results:

 

  • The procedure corrected the issue. – STOP 
  • The procedure did not correct the issue. –Repair: Contact your Cat dealer Technical Communicator (TC). For further assistance, your TC can confer with the Dealer Solutions Network (DSN).

    STOP

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